Hydro-turbine challenge

This week-long intensive second year team project was a collaborative event between students from Falmouth University’s BA(Hons) Sustainable Product Design and University of Exeter’s BSc Renewable Energy courses. This is the second year this project has been run.

 

A collaboration video from Maaria Tiensivu on Vimeo.

 

The brief was to help the local charity Shelterbox respond to a natural disaster in a developing country. The students had to create the means by which a supply of electricity could be produced by local villagers, using simple components and small rocky streams in the area to light a range of light bulbs.

Eight groups of students designed and made free standing, hands-off micro-hydro turbine/generators from recycled found materials and machinery. Many of the groups made use of recycled bicycle components from old bikes donated by the Falmouth & Exeter Students’ Union. Using the small rocky streams in the historic Kennall Vale site between Falmouth and Truro, the generators were tried and tested by lighting up a range of light bulbs to measure wattage output.

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